Pat Holton

A staunch defender, Pat Holton began his footballing career with Douglas Water Thistle before being tempted to join Hamilton Academical, with the Aca’s the full back put in a number of solid displays early in his career which led to Bobby Ancell signing him for Motherwell in 1955 for a fee of £1,200, which was a considerable sum at the time bearing in mind that Holton had only played 20 senior league games.

At Fir Park his defensively sound performances were integral to the success of the ‘Ancell Babes’. A number of clubs took notice and many became interested in securing his services, in March 1959 he left to join Chelsea, his move to Stamford Bridge however wasn’t a success as he only made the solitary appearance and this came in a crushing 0-4 defeat at the hands of Leeds United.

Pat later served Southend United and St Johnstone before returning to his first senior club Hamilton Accies. He enjoyed some success at Douglas Park as not only did he make 149 league apps scoring one goal (over both spells) but he played a pivotal role in helping Hamilton, managed by former ‘Well favourite Andy Paton achieve promotion at the end of the 1964/65 season. Upon retiring he served Accies as a coach before taking up a similar role with Wishaw Juniors.

Patrick Holton
5′ 9″
11st 7lbs
Date of Birth:
23rd December 1935
Place of Birth:

Football Career:

Hamilton Academical 1954 1956
Motherwell 1956 1959
Chelsea 1959 1960
Southend United 1960 1961
St Johnstone 1961 1962
Hamilton Academical 1962 1969

Well Career:

Apps Goals
69 0
Scottish Cup:
10 0
League Cup:
9 0
0 0
88 0